Elementary MATH Benchmark Update

In an effort to better prepare for AzMERIT (window of April 20 – May 1), we will be moving to an ONLINE format for the end of the unit assessments.

The paper version of the BOTH the third grade assessment (Peter’s Garden) as well as the fourth grade assessment (Field Events) have been created in SchoolNet with as much fidelity to the concepts as was allowed given the constraints of the online environment, while mimicking the formatting that we are assuming will be on AzMERIT (since items/practice tests have not been released, items were modeled off what was seen on PARCC & S-BAC).

 

The benefits of testing online will allow students to experience the reading of and answering mathematics questions on the computer, while doing their calculations, representations, etc on paper or white board.

It will expose students to a variety of computerized testing formats, beyond just multiple choice.

It will provide some practice for typing explanations / justifications.

For you as the teacher, it will require a slight shift in the way you grade assessments and record keep.

 

The files linked below have been created to help you and your students as we transition to the online testing.

The student directions can be projected on your screen as you walk students through how to log in to SchoolNet.

A practice test has been created so that you may have a conversation with students a day or two prior to the end of unit assessments about the various formats that will be included in the online test. There are multiple choice, a gridded, an open ended response, a single hot spot and a multiple hot spot samples.

The Passcode for the practice test is PRACTICE.

The passcode for the Grade Four- Unit 5 end of unit assessment is FIELD.

The passcode for the Grade Three- Unit 4 end of unit assessment is GARDEN

The Teacher directions give you the steps for accessing the students responses. You will need to be able to see the 2 open ended responses the students will be asked, as well as do a quick check regarding the questions that SchoolNET marked wrong (see in the teacher directions the samples of give of when they may not really be incorrect).

 

Please look over the documents below, talk with your teammates (especially after next Wednesday if they are a part of the Teacher Leader Cadre), ITC, and principal, and let me know of any questions you have.

Student directions for logging in to SchoolNET

Teacher directions for logging in to SchoolNET

 

Writing Rubrics and Guides —Math Reference Sheets

ADE has posted the following information regarding the AzMERIT Writing Rubrics and Writing Guides as well as clarification about math reference sheets.

AzMERIT Writing Rubrics and Writing Guides

  • The Writing Guides and Rubrics can be found posted under the “Resources for Teachers and Students” tab on the AzMERIT webpage linked here.
  • The Writing Guides will be provided to students as part of the Writing portion of the AzMERIT ELA tests.
  • The Writing Rubrics are the rubrics used to score the Writing portion of the AzMERIT ELA tests.
  • There is a short (less than 6 minutes) presentation  that provides an introduction to these documents and a brief description of the writing portion of the AzMERIT tests. It is posted under the “Resources for Teachers and Students” tab and linked here.

AzMERIT Math Reference Sheets

  •  The math items used in AzMERIT were designed to have any needed formulas available within the item itself. So, there are no AzMERIT math reference sheets.  Instead, formulas are embedded in test items when needed.

Additional information regarding the assessment is available on the AzMERIT webpage (www.azed.gov/AzMERIT)

AzMERIT Accommodations

ADE has posted the following information regarding AzMERIT accommodationresources They are available on the AzMERIT webpage (www.azed.gov/AzMERIT)

  •  AzMERIT Testing Conditions, Tools, and Accommodations Guidance for Spring 2015 has been posted under the “AzMERIT Test Administration Information” tab and linked here.  This document provides information about the universal test administration conditions, the testing tools, and the accommodations available on AzMERIT.
  • There is a short (less than 6 minutes) presentation that provides an overview of the document. It is posted under the “AzMERIT Test Administration Information” tab and linked here.